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M.A.International Politics (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)

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  • Academic Title
    M.A.International Politics (Advanced Seminars and Shorter Thesis)
  • Course description
    The masters program allows students to combine coursework with extensive independent research in International Politics. The thesis should demonstrate a critical application of specialist knowledge and make an independent contribution to existing scholarship in the area of research. Candidates may advance to the Doctor of Philosophy degree after successful completion of the masters or may apply to convert to the PhD at an earlier stage. An honours grade of at least H2B (70%) average must be attained in the respective thesis and advanced seminar components of the course to qualify for the award of the masters degree.

    Objectives:    

    Students who complete the masters will:

        * have an advanced understanding of the major debates in both comparative politics (ie. comparing between countries) and international relations (ie. political, economic, cultural and security relations between states and non-state actors) since 1945;
        * have developed a specialised knowledge in one or more areas of either comparative politics or international relations;
        * have produced a shorter thesis based on original research that reveals an awareness of the latest research and theoretical directions within their chosen sub-discipline of political science.

    Course Structure & Available Subjects:    

        * Thesis 20,000-22,000 words
        * 1 compulsory subject

    Total points per year 100 - subjects are 12.5 points each, unless indicated otherwise.

    With the approval of the course coordinator, students who have significant background in international relations or comparative politics may choose to replace the compulsory unit with an elective unit.

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